L’Auberge du Cèdre

Lauret, Hérault

This friendly hotel is for get-up-and-go types. The owners really know their (organic) onions, and you can explore the wine cellar...


23 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 6


No wonder guests return to this big, bustling, ethically-run house. Lively, charming Françoise and her multi-lingual husband Lutz welcome walkers, climbers, cyclists and families. There’s a special space for workshop groups, too, separate from the big comfy sitting room. Bedrooms are plain, beamy, white, with the odd splash of ethnic colour and terracotta floors that gleam. Beds, beautifully designed by Lutz and made by local craftsmen, are all twins/doubles. Only a few bathrooms are now shared but the wonderful atmosphere of good humour and laughter has not been affected by the improvements and this is still not a place for luxury-seekers. Art exhibitions are constant, everywhere something beautiful catches the eye. Meals of local and organic produce are chosen from a blackboard menu. It’s perfect for families: a swimming pool, space to run around in, boules under the chestnut trees before you turn in for the night. The auberge sits in the middle of the Pic Saint Loup vineyard, one of the best in the Languedoc and Lutz’s excellent wine cellar is another reason to prolong your stay.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Mid-November to mid-March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast included. Light lunch €15. À la carte €29-€45(weekends). Wine €9-€98.


Nightly price
from €72
Dinner, B&B €50 - €93 per person.
11 Twin/doubles
From €96
1 Triple
From €72
4 Suites for 4
From €114
1 Apartment for 6
From €120
4 Twin/doubles
From €72


An ancient house full of corners, crannies, and the works of contemporary local artists, the Auberge du Cèdre is supremely friendly and welcoming. The staff smile, the guests are relaxed, civilised, content. With neat little bedrooms, modern bathrooms, good food and a sumptuous garden overlooked by the guardian cedar tree, how could they not be? We loved our 24 hours here, met some interesting people and will certainly go back. It's remarkable value, too.

Ann, Paris

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Françoise Antonin & Lutz Engelmann

  • The Auberge du Cèdre is the very ancient mansion of a large wine estate, today called "Château de Cazeneuve". Nowadays a very fine "Pic Saint Loup" wine is made by our neighbour. The life of a working wine estate can be observed, & tastings are possible.
  • The mansion has been brought into its actual shape at the end of the 19th century, with the addition of the iron made orange-house, feature very fashionable at that period. At the same time, the grand cedar tree, which dominates the park, has been planted.
  • These vast improvements have been made around 1896 by the new owners of the property, a family of rich wine merchants from Sète, to upgrade the formerly much simpler "Mas" (Languedoc rural farm) to a rather posh château-like estate.
  • The Auberge is located in the "Pic Saint Loup" winegrowing area, one of the most prestigious in south France, with more than 40 individual properties in the immediate neighbourhood.
  • We are wine lovers. Our wine list with our personal choice of Languedoc wines, including some well aged bottles, attentively served & decanted if necessary, is a good starting point to discover our region's liquid treasures.
  • Our location, half way between the Cévennes, Montpellier, Nîmes & the mediterranean beaches, is perfect to avoid the overcrowded coastal area, but keeping easy access to the sea & the green mountains, plus two interesting cities within a half hour drive.